Moving forward against the odds

I am going to let you in on a little of my current journey. Although it is not easy to move forward, many of us find ways to do just that while pushing against the odds.

I have been working on new material and setting up deals with my music and licensing. To hear my songs in TV and film has always been a dream and now a feasible goal of mine. It is a difficult field to “jump into” for the time it takes for these matters to unfold can be lengthy. So as the year 2014 unfolds, so does my efforts to reach these new goals.

As a creative mind, I look to my own life encounters and events for inspiration. Luckily, I have no problem with finding “stuff” to write about. Having a phone with no sound for the past 5 months makes phone calls obsolete. A truck that doesn’t run makes getting to work a serious chore. A bank account…….well, let’s just say that is another post. And after losing my relationship with the woman I love, I should be set for writing material for years! If I only had a dog that ran away, my country music would be off the charts.

I’m not telling you this to complain or gain pitty or even to feel sorry for me. This is the life I have created for myself and I am very grateful to have this life. Times are tough and the future is uncertain but this is when we ha e an oppoe to really dig deep. Finding out who we are, what we can truly handle in dire situations and what we can overcome with the right mind set. It’s not easy and it even stings a bit but, I forgive myself for my mistakes and I WILL do my best to learn from them and not make the same mistakes again.

So with all that being said, the next chapter will begin to unfold and with it will come new songs, new dreams and a new tomorrow.


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Snow, when is it too much?

We have been having a long cold winter and the snow keeps falling. Now when is it too much? The temperature is below zero, car is frozen and just walking across the parking lot is a task. So when you finally go inside and get warm, the last thing you want to do is go back out into the cold. This is when the cabin fever sets in and you start to go crazy. I find myself trying to think of things to do and it just seems so depressing. I love the snow but sometimes it can be too much. With that being said, I am ready for Spring and the warm days ahead.

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Ice makes everyone a break dancer

Ice makes everyone a break dancer.

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An analysis of “Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Part 2”

Massive tune!

I, Omnibus

There really isn’t much wiggle room when it comes to interpreting the Meat Loaf classic rock opus, “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” It is a cautionary tale about a seventeen-year-old boy who makes a rueful, life-altering decision in order to satisfy his virginal libido. The song, like many 70’s classic rock songs, is divided into three parts. Part one describes the beginning of the date night, as the singer is all happy-go-lucky. But in part three, the singer is regretful and miserable and prays for the end of time. The transition between these polar opposite emotions occurs in part two, where the girl (sung by Ellen Foley) issues an ultimatum, “Before we going any further… will you love me forever? … Will you make me your wife?” The boy tries to stall and dodge the question, “Let me sleep on it,” but the girl will have none of that…

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Lorde Buys Full-Page Ad in New Zealand Paper to say Thank You!

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After winning 2 Grammy awards, Lorde bought a full-page ad in a New Zealand paper to personally thank all her fans!

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The Last Stand of the Drive-In Theater: Upgrade or Perish

Midlife Crisis Crossover!

In my early childhood years, I had only two options for seeing movies: squinting at them on my family’s thirteen-inch black-‘n’-white TV (and I was rarely allowed to choose what channels we watched); or seeing them writ large on the giant-sized, outdoor screen down at the drive-in theater. In a world where limited technology narrowed our choices, this competition was a no-brainer to me.

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Shecky Talks with Fame Wizard

Fame Wizard conducts a webinar to discuss the process of a personal musical journey towards the career of the working artist in today’s music industry. The link to the webinar is in the middle of the page under “Recent Webinars”. Just click the video and enjoy. Special thanks to Tony, Ghezzi, Fame Wizard and all of the dedicated artists out there working hard.

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May 17, 2013 · 9:42 pm

A Special Sunday: A Mix of Mother’s Day Blogs News

In some parts around the world, this Sunday is dedicated to the mothers out there. For Mother’s Day, we’ve rounded up sites on motherhood, parenting, and family. On, you’ll discover mothers on all paths: new moms, stay-at-home-moms, single moms, mothers who are full-time writers, and more. (Even mommy men, as you’ll see below.)

We especially want to highlight bloggers with unique perspectives and thoughtful commentary, as well as collaborative blogs with multiple contributors. So, we hope you enjoy this sampling of sites in honor of this special day.

Butterfly Mind

Creative nonfiction writer Andrea Badgley lives with her husband and two children in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. In the past, she’s caught our eye with thoughtful posts on both family and the writing life: a piece on putting food on the table, and a post on revisiting her childhood diaries. Her blog is a delight: lovely musings on 

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A very personal song to me composed near

A very personal song to me composed nearly 20 years ago. I was given a second chance and I will never take for granted the beauty of life!

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A man of Many Talents – Ed Helms (The Office & The Hangover)

Ed Helms of NBC’s “The Office” is truly inspiring to me. It is not very often when you find the Actor-turn-musician formula work out. But in the case of Helms, he was destined to be a successful candidate on both fronts. I can recall watching an episode of The Office in which Helms had a singing part. I was blown away by his talent and could tell right away that there was more to this gentleman than most television viewers realized. Now once again, I was reminded of his talent in the latest episode of The Office. Andy (character from The Office), has decided to give up his day job and pursue a career to “become famous” as an entertainer. Despite the lack of support from his co-workers, Andy was determined to follow his dreams. If you haven’t seen the episode in which I am referring to, I would recommend that you check it out. The performance segment is amazing as “Andy” picks up that Gibson acoustic and throws down a beautiful number for his co-workers.

Rolling Stone Had this to say:

May 3, 2012 12:25 PM ET
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Actor, comedian and banjo player Ed Helms is prepping his first bluegrass album, which he’ll record with his band Ed Helms & the Lonesome Trio, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The group, which has been playing together for about 20 years, is comprised of the Hangover and Office star’s college friends, Jacob Tilove and Ian Riggs. “We’ve been laying down some demos and kicking them back and forth,” said Helms. “We’ve been been playing together so long, we have so many original tunes. We’ve made recordings for friends and family for years but we’ve never done a proper album.”

No official word on whether the album will be released on a label, and Helms says they’re also considering direct, online methods similar to Radiohead and Louis C.K.112009_SPT_Pep Rally_MRM

This weekend the L.A. Bluegrass Situation, a festival co-founded by Helms, will take place, with Ed Helms & the Lonesome Trio set to perform a handful of shows, including a variety show named the Whiskey Sour Radio Hour on Friday. On Saturday, they’ll play alongside North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers and Helms’ undeniable predecessor (on both the comedy and banjo fronts), Steve Martin.

Helms noted a few of his favorite bluegrass musicians, name-checking the Del McCoury Band, Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch and the Punch Brothers.

“I have a very liberal interpretation of the word ‘bluegrass,'” he said. “The purists would say it’s only this traditional high lonesome sound and that is all stuff we celebrate. But to us it’s anything that feels like a legitimate offspring form. That universe could be Mumford & Sons, the Decemberists and Old Crow Medicine Show.”

Another great talent Helms possesses is voice over work. Here Ed Helms speaks about his involvement with Dr. Seuss’  The Lorax


ED HELMS: I pursued it, actually. I made my interest known, very early on. I’m a big fan of Illumination and what they’ve done. I loved Horton Hears a Who, and Despicable Me with Steve [Carell]. So, when I heard that The Lorax was on their agenda, I asked for a meeting with Chris Meledandri, who I actually knew from some writing work I’d done for the director of Ice Age, years ago. I met with Chris and told him, “This book had a special spot on the bookshelf when I was a kid and I loved it and I would be psyched to just be a part of it, in any way. No matter how big or small, I’d just be thrilled to be on board.” And then, a couple months later, they were just starting to get the cast together and I got the offer for the Once-ler and I was actually stunned. I did not expect that.

I just found this story to be very interesting and wanted to share it. Look for more blogs soon covering this crazy industry we call “The Music Business”. I am an artist myself so I can relate with stories like this. To find out more about me, go to or follow the links all over this world wide web. Google, Facebook, Reverbnation, Soundcloud Blah, Blah, Blah. You know the drill. Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you found it interesting or even remotely share-worthy, why not share it and help out a hard working artist put food in his face.

Much Love,


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